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Ministry of Environment's Forestry Week Team Visits Grand Bahama - Mar 24, 2017 - 10:38:56 AM

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As a part of the activities to celebrate Forestry Week, Christopher Russell, Director, Ministry of the Environment and Housing, with responsibility for Forestry Awareness, visited Grand Bahama on Thursday, March 23. 

Among the activities for the week have been a Proclamation by the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie; panel discussions with high school students to educate them on Forestry and a Town Meeting held on Thursday evening at East End...
News : International
Nonstop Jet Service from Bimini to Orlando-Melbourne Florida Begins 4/27 - Mar 24, 2017 - 10:36:53 AM

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Melbourne, FL – Elite Airways LLC today announced the introduction of nonstop jet service to the island of Bimini starting at $99 each way* Beginning on April 27, Elite Airways will operate two flights per day on Thursdays and Sundays between Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) and South Bimini Airport (BIM). The new route offers east-central Florida residents with a convenient alternative to driving or flying to south Florida or the gulf coast to catch a flight to Bimini. Tickets are now available for purchase at 877-393-2510 and EliteAirways.com.

Located just 50 miles off Florida’s coast and known as Ernest Hemingway’s favorite escape, Bimini is the closest Bahamian island to the U.S. with miles of secluded beaches, four-star hotels, and the Resorts World Bimini Casino and Marina...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
National Commission for Persons with Disabilities Pays Courtesy Call on Ministry for Grand Bahama - Mar 24, 2017 - 9:32:18 AM

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Members of The National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Grand Bahama Island, paid a courtesy call on the Ministry for Grand Bahama on Thursday, March 23. The purpose of the visit was to familiarize the Ministry with their functions and challenges. 

Shown from left are: Lester Ferguson, Executive Secretary, Commission; Pauline Bowen-Forbes, Senior Welfare Officer, Disability Affairs Unit of the Department of Social Services; Maxine Stubbs, Commissioner; Harcourt Brown, Senior Under Secretary, Ministry for Grand Bahama; Melvin Seymour, Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Grand Bahama; DeCosta Bethel, Chairman; Anthony Hamilton, Commissioner; Dorothea Gomez, Chief Welfare Officer, Department of Social Services...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamas places a precautionary ban of meat imports from Brazil - Mar 24, 2017 - 5:04:23 AM

The Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources is aware of the meat scandal unfolding in Brazil relative to food inspectors taking bribes to allow sales of rotten and salmonella-tainted meats. Sr. Blairo Maggi, Brazil's Agriculture Minister, advised that the government of Brazil has suspended exports from 21 meat-processing units.

To safeguard public health and food safety in The Bahamas, the Minister for Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. V. Alfred Gray, has announced a precautionary ban of meat imports from Brazil...
News : International : Caribbean News
Bahamas represented at ParlAmericas conference - Mar 23, 2017 - 9:14:40 PM

Citizens for a Better Bahamas Chairman Lemarque Campbell recently attended the ParlAmericas conference that was held in San Jose, Costa Rica from March 16th to 18th, 2017. Parliamentarians and civil society representatives, from 25 countries within the Latin America and Caribbean region, attended the conference to discuss ways to strengthen the ties between citizens and legislatures. Mr. Campbell was invited to present on the importance of a Freedom of Information Act and governance issues affecting the Bahamas.

Mr. Campbell commented, "Our work continues until we see a strong Freedom of Information Act, not only passed, but actually enacted and implemented in the Bahamas..."
News : International : Caribbean News
Caribbean sports journalist Lawrence James dies - Mar 23, 2017 - 8:26:55 PM

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The Caribbean Sports Journalists' Association (CASJA) extends condolences to the family and friends of the late Lawrence James.

Mr James, a Sports Journalist and Editor at the Mirror Publishing Company Ltd of St Lucia, died on Tuesday March 21, following a long illness.

He was also a Major in the St Lucia Cadet Corps and a founding member and General Secretary of the Blue Dragon Karate Association of St Lucia...
News : Local
VSTEP and Damen sign cooperation agreement for Royal Bahamas Defence Force project - Mar 23, 2017 - 7:00:44 PM

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A recent cooperation agreement between Damen and VSTEP has been established for the delivery of a NAUTIS Full Mission Bridge Simulator with Alphatron Marine equipment to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. The delivery is part of the Sandy Bottom Project, which sees the Defence Force acquire a range of Damen patrol vessels, upgrade its existing fleet and develop its port and base infrastructure.

The Netherlands-based VSTEP is renowned throughout the maritime industry for its suite of state-of-the-art DNV certified simulators, which facilitate training in compliance with all design criteria, class and IMO requirements...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
DPM Davis: Minnis absent from Parliament again - Mar 23, 2017 - 6:31:37 PM

Another day in the House of the Assembly, another chair left empty by FNM leader Hubert Minnis.

His latest no-show performance is a clear indication that he is avoiding all possibility of being exposed as unable to defend his misstatements on matters of national importance.

Today, the Prime Minister shared with colleagues that an important milestone has been realized with the handover of facilities at Baha Mar by the general contractor to the new owner. The handover will ensure adequate preparations for the smooth opening next month on April 21st of the following components of this world class resort...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Improvements to Public Health Centres Accelerating Public Healthcare Transformation - Mar 23, 2017 - 12:35:53 PM

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Contract signings for a total of $800,000 of renovation works to the South Beach Clinic and the Flamingo Gardens Clinic were implemented in an official ceremony, March 21, 2017, at South Beach Clinic, by Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Michael Darville and Managing Director of the Public Hospitals Authority, joined by local contractors.

The projected renovations to the Flamingo Gardens and South Beach Health facilities in New Providence are part of the Government’s ‘accelerated efforts’ to enhance efficiencies in the delivery of service at local public health institutions throughout The Bahamas ahead of the phased implementation of National Health Insurance (NHI)...

News : Local
BAMSI Signs Contract With Androsian Entrepreneur - Mar 23, 2017 - 10:23:11 AM

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Executives of the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) on Monday signed a contract with Androsian entrepreneur Cerone Dean to provide the Institute with animal feed produced using specialised techniques.

The technology used by Mr Dean involves the production of highly nutritious fodder in a protected agricultural environment – which is an important element in overcoming the challenge of feed shortage during times such as the dry season when pasture growth is constrained. “Feed is critical to livestock production, however in the Bahamas feed represents a major constraint to livestock development,” Dr. Jason Sands...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
First Northern Bahamas Sports Symposium Press Conference - Mar 23, 2017 - 10:23:09 AM

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On Tuesday, March 21st,the Ministry of Tourism's Sports Tourism Department held a press conference for the upcoming Northern Bahamas Sports Symposium at the Pelican Bay Hotel.

Scheduled to be held on April 1st, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, at the Pelican Bay Hotel, the symposium is dedicated to informing sports leaders or those interested in planning sporting events in Grand Bahama Island, Bimini, and Abaco, about the possibility of partnering with the Ministry to make these events successful...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Statement on Deadly Explosion in St Lucia - Mar 22, 2017 - 8:23:54 PM

The Ministry has learned of a explosion 22 March in the north of St. Lucia at a quarry, resulting the death of four persons and injuries to more than a dozen others. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Government and people of St.  Lucia at this difficult time.

To date there are no reports of Bahamians who might have been affected. The Ministry will continue to monitor the situation...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
PM Informs House of Assembly of 'Important Milestone' for Baha Mar - Mar 22, 2017 - 7:25:55 PM

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie told House of Assembly members on Wednesday that it gave him great pleasure to inform them that on the day before, March 21, 2017, “an important milestone of progress” was realized towards the successful completion and opening of the mega Baha Mar resort, with the handover of facilities by the general contractor China Construction to the new Purchaser CTFBM Holdings Ltd.

He pointed out that the handover and the issuance of a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy will ensure adequate preparations for the smooth opening next month on 21st April, 2017 of the following components of this world class resort...
News : International : Caribbean News
Charter For Caribbean Public Services Endorsed at Ministerial Symposium - Mar 22, 2017 - 3:13:33 PM

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A Charter for the public services of the Caribbean was endorsed at a Ministerial Symposium that took place at the Jolly Beach Hotel in Antigua and Barbuda on March, 9 & 10, 2017. The Charter identifies components of a professional and effective public service. It establishes a general framework of guiding principles, policies and management mechanisms reflecting a common commitment of the Public Services of the Caribbean Region. It is intended to serve as a catalyst for the reform, modernisation and transformation of national public sector entities within the context of each country’s realities and priorities. Consultations took place in CARICAD member states ahead of the Symposium to allow citizens to discuss the Charter and provide feedback...
News : Local
STB: Finally, the PM understands how we feel - Mar 22, 2017 - 3:00:36 PM

Save The Bays (STB) has welcomed the Prime Minister’s warning over dangers of hostile public demonstrations, pointing out that its own members have been pleading for years for relief from aggressive and intimidating protests who have placed them in fear for their lives.

The embattled environmental group, which emphasized that the safety of its members remains under serious threat because of its public interest advocacy, said it agrees with Mr. Christie that under certain circumstances, demonstrations can lead to violence and harm.

STB legal director Fred Smith said, “The difference is that while the 'We March' movement of which the Prime Minister complains has already held two peaceful and well organized events, giving no indication whatsoever that there is anything to fear from their April 2 march...
News : New Providence
Cable Bahamas updates on cable TV restoration work - Mar 22, 2017 - 2:20:08 PM

At 10:00 a.m. Tuesday March 21st, Cable Bahamas experienced service issues on its video network. This resulted in multiple channels across New Providence, Abaco, Grand Bahama and Eleuthera experiencing intermittent service outages. Technical teams immediately launched response protocols and began investigations. Multiple vendors were engaged to assist Cable Bahamas' engineers in troubleshooting the issue. Due to the malfunction of a major piece of equipment repairs have taken longer than anticipated.

Early Wednesday morning, March 22nd, the technical teams were able to begin stabilisation of the network. During this period, the system restoration suffered a setback and at this time Cable Bahamas technical teams and vendors are continuing to work through the issues as we move towards stabilising all TV services...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamas Foreign Affairs on UK Parliament Situation - Mar 22, 2017 - 2:14:51 PM

Statement by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration on Reports of shots outside UK Parliament on 22 March 2017:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration is monitoring the reports of shots outside the UK Parliament. The Ministry has contacted The Bahamas High Commission in London and all Bahamian personnel of the High Commission, The Bahamas Tourist Office and The Bahamas Maritime Authority are reported to be okay...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Robbery at St. Barnabas Parish voter’s card distribution centre - Mar 22, 2017 - 1:49:37 PM

DISTRIBUTION OF VOTER’S CARDS FOR THE ST. BARNABAS AND ENGLERSTON CONSTITUENCIES

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Parliamentary Commissioner Sherlyn Hall wishes to inform the public that a robbery took place at the St. Barnabas Parish voter’s card distribution centre yesterday evening, March 21, just after 8:00 p.m.

Parliamentary Registration Department staff lost personal cell phones and cash in the robbery...
News : International
Carroll Signs Book of Condolences for Sir Derek - Mar 22, 2017 - 11:25:36 AM

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The Hon. Forrester J. Carroll, Bahamas Consul General to New York, is pictured signing the Book of Condolences for former renowned Saint Lucian poet and playwright Sir Derek Alton Walcott, SLC OBE, OCC, at the Consulate General/Permanent Mission of Saint Lucia to the United Nations, 800 Second Avenue, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Sir Derek, who won the 1992 Nobel Prize for Literature, passed away at his home in Saint Lucia on Friday, March 17, 2017, at the age of 87...
News : International
Bahamian Insurance Execs call on Zonicle in Washington - Mar 22, 2017 - 9:51:16 AM

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Several insurance executives of BAF Financial and Investments (Bahamas) Limited, who are attending GAMA’S annual Leadership and Management Program (LAMP) conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland, near Washington, D.C., paid a courtesy call on Ms. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington, D.C., on Monday, March 20, 2017 at the Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex, 1025 Vermont Avenue, N.W. The LAMP conference, being held from March 19 to March 22, involves more than 3,000 field leaders and industry executives representing the most recognized insurance, investment, and financial services companies from around the world...

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